Preparing for the St Jude's Day storm? Take comfort from literature's greatest storm survivors


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With the great storm almost upon us, here is how some of literature's most famous creations reacted (in Twitter format, naturally) to the worst that weather could throw at them...

@RobinsonCrusoe: Such a dismal sight I never saw! The sea went mountains high, and broke upon us every three or four minutes

@RobinsonCrusoe: I was in tenfold more horror of mind....I can by no words describe it

@RobinsonCrusoe: In this agony of mind, I made many vows hat if it would please God to spare my life, I would go directly home to my father

@KingLear: Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! blow!

@KingLear: Rumble thy bellyful! Spit, fire! spout, rain!

@KingLear: You sulphrous and thought-executing fires, Singe my white head!

@Kent: @KingLear Things that love night Love not such nights as these

@Kent: @KingLear Since I was a man, such sheets of fire, such bursts of horrid thunder...I never remember to have heard

@Beowulfpoet: Winds bestir evil storms, and air grows dusk, and the heavens weep

@Gandalf: For behold! The storm comes and now all friends should gather together, lest each singly be destroyed!

@Gandalf: Courage will be your best defence against the storm at hand

@Gimli: It was no ordinary storm. It was the ill will of Caradhras

@JaneEyre: Loud as the wind blew, near and deep as the thunder crashed, fierce and frequent as the lightning gleamed, I experienced no fear

@EllenDeanofWutheringHts: It was a very dark evening; the clouds appeared inclined to thunder, and I said we had better all sit down